Partnership working

As a school we work closely with a range of partners to ensure that we are the most effective school possible for our children, families and staff.

 

Obviously our most important partners in the education of our children are our families.  We welcome the involvement of parents and carers in the education of their own children and are fortunate to have many parents and carers who practically support our children and staff across school.  As well as this on-going relationship we also have the wonderful FOKE (Friends of King Edward) team who help fundraise to enhance what we offer our children. For more information please see the FOKE Facebook page.

 

There are opportunities across the year to work in closer partnership with parents and carers, for example through our Raising Achievement Day and Careers week.  It is this partnership which makes a significant difference to our children and is something we are very proud of.  We are a paperless school so to support this effective partnership working we use online tools, these include Facebook, Twitter, our website and texting service.  Our website is so effective and successful that it has more ‘hits’ than any other NT school including Secondary schools!        

 

As well as being part of North Tyneside Local Authority, we are also a member of the North Tyneside Learning Trust.  This offers a range of opportunities for our children, provides high quality CPD and networking opportunities for staff and supports our school through providing two Governing Body members.  (North Tyneside Council Website / North Tyneside Learning Trust Website)

 

We work closely with a a number of nearby schools as part of our membership of the 'South East Collaborative' of schools.  Amongst this group of schools is John Spence High School High School, where most of our children transfer to at the end of Year 7. (John Spence Community High School Website)

 

We are also an active part of the New York teaching School Alliance.  This TSA provides a range of school to school support to help other schools to develop their practice.  As part of this TSA our Head teacher has delivered a network programme to support Assistant Head Teachers and Deputy Head teachers across North Tyneside. (North Shields Collaborative TSA Website)

 

We are a founder school of both the North Tyneside SCITT and Whitley Bay TSA SCITT programmes.  We have been one of 4 schools who have designed the WB TSA Primary SCITT programme.  We also have strong links with Sunderland University and as a result we support each provider with placements for trainee teachers. Supporting this vital part of developing teachers of the future provides continuous school improvement and reflection of our own staff, as well as providing a wonderful opportunity for our skilled staff to share their good practice. (North Tyneside SCITT Website / Whitley Bay TSA Website).

We are also linked with a range of other partners to directly support learning.  

This includes- 

  • our ongoing programme of music tuition delivered by a range of peripatetic music staff;
  • our ongoing range of after school clubs we have brokered for families through local providers of sport's coaching;
  • our work with education support teams in the LA which enable us to offer 'bikeability', 'pedestrian training' and democracy training for our school council;
  • our work as part of the Primary Engineering programme with a local business. 

 

But throughout the year there are many more!

 

In addition we work closely with the community, particularly at key times in the year.  

For example St Augustin's Church support us throughout the year with assemblies and host our Annual Christmas Carol concert.  We visit a local senior person's care home and a Peary House to entertain residents at Christmas time.  In December each year we are also invited to share our singing talents at the local Christmas Market in North Shields.     

 

A number of health and well-being partners work closely to support our school as a whole, for example during our Healthy Living week.  But they also provide individual children and families with individual support.  These partners sometimes provide one off support but this support can also be longer term.

  • School health team-School nurse, health visiting and dental team
  • Speech and Language Team (SALT)
  • Language and Communication Team (LCT)
  • Dyslexia (and dyscalculia) Referral Team (DRT)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Educational psychology service (EP)
  • Supporting Families Team
  • Social Services